Over the weekend of 19th & 20th June, 3 times World Champ, Steph Bridge hosted the Edge Race Cup at Exmouth, Devon.
Despite a super light forecast, there were 24 entrants across the 3 classes of, Race board, Directional and Twin Tip. With zero wind on Saturday morning, Stand Up Paddle Races were held. Winning through the heats to the 3 man final were Lee ‘Pasty’, Callum ‘North’ and local boy George.
In an increasing tide, Lee used his extra power to take the wind ahead of Callum & George.
By mid afternoon, the sea breeze started to fill in at around 8 mph which was just enough to run 2 races for the course boards. A BBQ and Band at the Boat Shed followed with everyone dancing away the night, thank full of an 11am start on Sunday.
With a fairly strong northerly wind blowing first thing, there was some doubt in the race crew’s minds that the sea breeze would be enough to run any racing. At around 12.30, with 6 mph of offshore blowing, all of a sudden, the flags turned and it started to blow at 8mph onshore. The course was set and 2 races were run.
As the wind picked up to around 12mph, the course was set for the Long Distance race. 2 laps of high speed racing across the wind saw Lee using his added weight to power through to take the win.
1 more course race was then run which in the increased breeze included the TT’s and directionals.
The prize giving was then held where Steph thanked all the sponsors, helpers and riders for coming despite the forecast.
Denzil took the win despite only winning 1 race which proved how close the action was at the front. Steph only managed to race twice due to her other commitments, but still only took 1 win. In all the real winner again was Kite Racing, proving that you can have fun and competition in under 10 mph of wind.
1st Denzil Willaims (Fone)
2nd Ollie Bridge (North)
3rd Callum Edge (North)
4th Lee Harvey (North)
1st Nigel Haworth
1st Tom Debenham
Long Distance – Lee ‘pasty’ Harvey
SUP Race – Lee Pasty
Full report – www.edgewatersports.com